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Leigh Sales


Leigh Sales AM is one of Australia’s most loved and respected journalists.

She is a multi award-winning author and for twelve years, anchored the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s prime time current affairs program 7.30.

She has been the face of the ABC’s major events coverage, including federal election and budget nights. She has interviewed every living Australian Prime Minister and innumerable world leaders and celebrities from Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair to Paul McCartney and Elton John.

Leigh has held numerous roles at the ABC, including as Washington Correspondent and National Security Correspondent, and is a three-time winner of Australia’s highest journalist prize, the Walkley Award.

She’s the author of four books, Detainee 002, On Doubt, Any Ordinary Day – a national bestseller – and most recently, Well Hello.

Leigh also co-hosts a wildly popular podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10 Looks 3. It attracts hundreds of thousands of downloads monthly and has an associated Facebook group with almost 40,000 members.

In 2018, Leigh was awarded the Order of Australia for her services to Journalism. She has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of International Relations and was awarded Deakin University’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is an in-demand and highly motivating public speaker, drawing on the lessons she’s learned almost thirty of years of covering the biggest stories and most pressing social issues in the world.

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